Jeffrey Dahmer murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States
between 1978 and 1991 before being captured and incarcerated. He would
become one of America’s most infamous serial killers. This is the story
before that story. Jeff Dahmer (Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch) is an awkward
teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in
ruins. He collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent
Kartheiser, “Mad Men”), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche) and
well-intentioned father (Dallas Roberts). He begins to act out at school,
and his goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer
Fan Club, headed by Derf Backderf (Alex Wolff, "Patriots Day"). But this
camaraderie can’t mask his growing depravity. Approaching graduation, Jeff
spirals further out of control, inching ever closer to madness. Marc
Meyers’s MY FRIEND DAHMER is the haunting true story of
Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
Anyone going expecting to see Dahmer carrying out his brutal killings is
going to be disappointed as the story, based on Derf Backderf’s, who was a
school friend, critically acclaimed graphic is a story of Dahmer’s youth.
Ross Lynch gives a mesmerising performance as a young Jeffrey Dahmer.
Covering the period in Dahmer’s high school years Lynch’s performance is
the more unnerving knowing that this strange teenager would ultimately grow
up to be one of America most infamous serial killers.
My Friend Dahmer is an interesting rather than entertaining watch and in a
world of cinemas filled with superhero movies it’s hard to see where it
will find its audience.
My Friend Dahmer might be hard to track down but if you do come across it
in your local cinema it’s certainly not without its merits and comes